The Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2020

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Have a magical day!

The Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2020:

First two weeks (weekdays only) in January 2020

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day, Monday, Feb 17th )

The first two weeks in March

Weekdays the second half of April after Easter (Sunday, April 12th)

Weekdays in May before Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 25th)

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September after Labor Day (Monday, Sept 7th)

Weekdays for the remainder of September and October, avoid Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 12th)

Weekdays in early and mid-November (minus the week of Thanksgiving, Nov 26th)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

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9am: Guests pouring into MK and struggling to get down Main Street USA on a busy weekend.

The Worst Times to Visit Disney World in 2020:  Listen Up People!!!

RunDisney Marathon weekend: January 9 – 12, 2020

MLK weekend: Jan. 18 – 20, 2020

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 15 – Feb. 17, 2020

Spring Break : March 7 – March 30, 2020

Easter Weeks:  April 4 – April 19, 2020

Memorial Day weekend:  May 23 – 25, 2020

4th of July week:  June 27 – July 6, 2020

Labor Day weekend: Sept. 5 – Sept. 7, 2020

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 10 – Oct. 12, 2020

Halloween weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2020

Veteran’s Day:  Nov. 11, 2020

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – 29, 2020

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019

With the full opening of Star Wars Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it has made DHS way overcrowded with long lines.  We don’t recommend going to DHS until September 2020,  after Labor Day weekend and the kids are back in school.

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

When Disney World is Full: Guide to Park Capacity Closing Phases

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December 25, 2019, Main Street USA at 9pm right before the fireworks show. Packed with guests!

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December 31, 2019: New Years Eve crowd!

More on the story from USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2019/12/31/disney-worlds-magic-kingdom-turns-away-guests-new-years-eve

Note that a park may be almost full at a Phase 3 or Phase 4 closure earlier in the day, and then drop back down to Phase 1 restriction when enough people leave and the parking lots open back up.

Always check with a WDW Crowd Forecast when planning your day.  The parks are open 365 days a year, but that doesn’t guarantee you admission!

The park least effected by crowds is Epcot.  Due to it’s size, guests can really spread out and it never reaches capacity.  The busiest day at Epcot is New Years Eve.

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Here is a full breakdown of Walt Disney World’s Capacity Closing Procedures.

Phase A Closing

No admission of guests with one day tickets, and no admission of guests even with FastPass+ reservations unless they have one of the following:

WDW Resort Guests, including The Four Seasons Resort, Swan, Dolphin or Shades of Green, Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels arriving by bus (Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, The Buena Vista Palace, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, B Resort, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Hilton), Golden Oak residents and guests.

WDW Premier Passport, Annual & Premium Passholders

Guests with Park Hopper tickets re-entering or crossing over from another WDW Theme Park

Guests with Memory Maker

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Harmony Barber Shop or The Pirates League.

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate >40,000.

mk-on-nye crowdPhase B Closing

No admission of guests with one day tickets, and no re-entering or crossing over from another park unless they have one of the following:

WDW Resort Guests, including The Four Seasons Resort, Swan, Dolphin or Shades of Green, Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels arriving by bus (Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, The Buena Vista Palace, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, B Resort, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Hilton), Golden Oak residents and guests.

WDW Premier Passport, Annual & Premium Passholders

Guests with Memory Maker

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Harmony Barber Shop or The Pirates League.

FastPass+ reservations and is a WDW Resort hotel guest.

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate >45,000.

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December 31, 2019: Crowds in Tomorrowland.

Phase 1 Park Closing

Guests with ‘Magic Your Way’ base tickets, or a ‘1-Day 1-Park Ticket’, Guests without an admission ticket, and Cast Members using Main Gate & Silver Passes will be turned around at the parking lot booths.

Mainly effecting Magic Kingdom on days leading up to a major holiday.

MK crowd estimate > 50,000.

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A sad sign.

Phase 2 Park Closing

Admission is limited to:

Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)

Annual, Premier and Premium Annual Passholders

Guests with Hopper tickets coming from another park

Guests re-entering the park

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League

Guests using Walt Disney World Resort Transportation will be admitted.

Guests with pre-purchased 1 day Magic Kingdom tickets

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate: 55,000. Parking lot is almost full.

[Magic Kingdom was at Phase 2 Closure on July 4, 2019 by noon.]

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9am:  Turning away cars at the MK toll booths.  Parking lot is almost full.

Phase 3 Park Closing

Admission is limited to:

Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)

Annual, Premier and Premium Annual Passholders

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League

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December 25, 2019:  Phase 3 at MK at 11am.

MK crowd estimate: 60,000.  Parking lot is full/closed.

Wall-to-wall guests, all attractions have extremely long wait times, restaurants are packed.

Phase 4:  Wall-to-wall guests, all attractions have extremely long wait times, all restaurants are packed.

Phase 4 Park Closing (Major Holidays:  December 24/25/31, January 1st)

Closed to all newly arriving guests, aka avoid the park at all costs!!!

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate: 75,000+. Parking lot is full/closed.

Park is at capacity and would be difficult to evacuate in case of an emergency.

No more guests are admitted until a significant number of current guests leave.

Comment:  This is our least favorite time to visit the Magic Kingdom.  We’ve done it, but it’s not been a very fun experience.  We’ve only stayed for a few hours.

We feel that Disney Parks has upped the capacity level for the Magic Kingdom in the past year or two, allowing even more guests in, over 80,000+ before closing the gates.  It’s just miserable and a lot of guests have rightfully complained about Christmas Week being too busy at the Magic Kingdom.

crowdAll four Disney World theme parks have reached some level of closure in the past. As the most visited theme park in the world, Magic Kingdom is the park most likely to experience capacity-based closures during busy times of year. Due to its size, Epcot is the least likely to close, and has not done so in recent memory. Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom rarely close, but their smaller capacities still make them more likely to close than Epcot.

To be specific, Magic Kingdom closes to further guests, on average, around 6 days per year. New Year’s Eve and July 4th are always two of them, often getting up to a Phase 3 closure. Two to four other days during Christmas week can be expected each year as well, although those rarely go above Phase 2. The years where Easter week falls during late-March or early-April can also see closures due to the Easter break/Spring Break overlap.

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Easter Sunday crowd, April 2019

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December 31, 2019: New Years Eve. Phase 4 closure at 3pm.

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December 31, 2019: New Years Eve mob.

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New Years Eve mob scene.

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When the Parks are busy, it’s fun to go resort hopping! Celebrating the holidays at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Girls

Two Disney Sisters.  Happy Holidays!

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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How Many Minnie Ears Are Too Many???

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December 25, 2019: BRAND NEW Christmas Minnie Ears that are also perfect for Valentine’s Day and 4th of July!!

People ask us how many Mickey – and Minnie – Ears we own between us….and the answer is: A LOT!

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My Christmas Minnie Ears.  I took this photo on our last holiday trip.

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Santa Minnie Ears

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Christmas 2019: We both got brand new Gingerbread Mickey/Minnie Ears! Super cute!!!

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Caroline wearing her new 2019 gingerbread Mickey & Minnie Ears. That’s Pumpkin sitting on her lap! 🙂

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At the Cinderella Castle wearing our Christmas holiday Minnie Ears!

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At the Contemporary Resort. Happy Holidays!

We haven’t thought of a good way to display them yet in-between trips to Disney World and Disneyland.

Not all of these Minnie Ears photos are ours, but we do own all these ears…and more!

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May 27, 2019: Patriotic Minnie Ears perfect for wearing on both Memorial Day and 4th of July!

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Slinky Dog Ears at Toy Story Land in DHS

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Polka dot Minnie Ears

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May 5, 2019: New Conchas Mickey Ears at Epcot Mexico (Mexican Sweet Bread) for Cinco de Mayo.

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Sparkly Rose Gold Minnie Ears (own).

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June 2019: Imagination Pink Minnie Ears came out this summer.

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April 2019: Caroline’s new Violet Lemonade Minnie Ears at she got at the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot.

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April 2019:  Caroline wearing her newest Violet Lemonade Minnie Ears.

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March 2019:  Don’t forget your glamorous iridescent Minnie Ears at DHS! (We bought these!)

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March 2019: Wearing my iridescent Cinderella Minnie Ears at Fantasyland.

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The new Purple Potion Mickey Ears!

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May 2019:  Sparkly silver Minnie Ears at DAK

Tomorrowland Minnie Ears

January 2020: New Tomorrowland Minnie Ears

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March 17, 2019:  Perfect Minnie Ears for celebrating being Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Disney’s Aulani Resort on our honeymoon:  Our new Hawaiian Minnie Ears. There were only 2 left in the store and we bought them both! ❤

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Pineapple Minnie Ears.

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Pink Millennial Minnie Ears at MK.  (Caroline bought these ears.)

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Love these rainbow Minnie Ears!

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Millennial Pink Minnie Ears available at Disneyland and Disney World.

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Rose gold Minnie Ears

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Animal print Minnie Ears at DAK.

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We saw them and had to have!  Animal print Minnie Ears

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I see magic in the air!

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My Halloween Mickey Ears.  We had tickets to go to MNSSHP that night.

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September 2019: New Minnie Ears perfect for 2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Caroline wearing her purple Easter Mickey Ears while meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.

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February 2019: Mickey’s 90th Birthday Celebration Minnie Ears.

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UP Minnie Ears

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February 2019:  My new Minnie Mardi Gras Ears

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Ian in his birthday Mickey Ears. Happy birthday, Ian!!! (June 2019)

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April 2019:  Christian rockin’ his Mickey Ears at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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Having breakfast at the Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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SPARKLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! Yes!!!!  How to chose just one???

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Caroline in her Pink Millennial Ears.

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Caroline earning her graduation Mickey ears at the DCP.

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May 2017: On our honeymoon at Disneyland.

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October 2018:  Caroline modeling her wedding Minnie Ears at the Purple Wall in Tomorrowland on her honeymoon trip to Disney World.

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April 2019: The new Minnie Wedding Ears have arrived!

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The bow looks like a wedding dress!

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Wearing our DCP Graduation Mickey Ears at the Spring DCP graduation ceremony.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Fun day at Epcot! Caroline wearing her new sparkly Minnie Ears.

How to Stay Warm at Disney World When Its Cold Outside

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It’s snowing on Main Street USA!  (Not really….it “snows” during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights)

A lot guests visiting Disney World expect nothing but warm and sunny weather for their visit.  Most of the time, that’s what they get.

But Orlando has about 3 weeks of cool, chilly weather every year, mostly in the December – January – February time period.

The daytime highs will only be in the 60s and the nighttime lows can fall into the 30s with freeze warnings overnight.

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December 18, 2019: It is COLD at Disney World this morning! A cold front came through yesterday with lots of heavy rain. Dipping down into the 40s tomorrow night. Burrrr!!!!!

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A chilly day at Epcot.  Figment was all covered in pink! The high for the day was only 52 degrees the day we were there!!  It was very chilly!

We have some advice if you’re planning a trip to Disney World this winter:

1. Check the weather ahead of time

Check the 10-Day Forecast before packing your suitcase!  If a cold front is expected to move through during your vacation, pack a jacket and – I’m not kidding – mittens and a hat! And maybe even a scarf!!!

Florida cold is like Florida heat.  Miserable!  Probably due to the humidity, a 50 degree evening at the Magic Kingdom feels like its 32 degrees!  Freezing cold!

2. Pack the correct clothing especially for after sunset

For weather in the 50s and 60s, pack at least 1 pair of pants and several long sleeved shirts.  If you plan on wearing a dress or skirt, pack some leggings.

You’ll need a warm jacket, preferably wind proof. A hoodie will come in handy.

Wearing flip flops in the parks is always a bad idea. Sneakers with socks are a much better choice for cold days!

3. Pack a blanket for the evening shows

We have seriously almost gotten frostbitten watching Fantasmic! on cold winter nights!

We’ve sat there in the freezing cold with a biting wind blowing, mixed with icy mist and water droplets from the water show.  MISERABLE!  How I wish we had a blanket!

If you have a little one and are planning on bringing a stroller, pack an extra blanket in the stroller for after dark.

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Cookies and hot cocoa = yes please!  Notice we’re all wearing gloves and layered jackets.  So chilly!!!

4. Keep warm with hot beverages and warm snacks

You can get hot coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa at all the Starbucks and Joffrey’s coffee stands at all the parks.

There’s a long list of warm snacks available at all the quick service restaurants and snack stands that we won’t  go into here.  Just look around.

5. It will be freezing standing outside waiting in line for attractions and even colder when the rides are moving.  (I’m looking at you Dumbo!)

This is when a windbreaker really helps.  Try to do all the outdoor attractions like Expedition Everest during the day and save the indoor attractions like It’s a Small World for the evening.  Try not to go on any outdoor rides, especially the wet ones like Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids, after dark.  You will regret it if you do!

6. Take a break inside every hour to warm up

Try not to make plans – and Fast Passes – for 4 or 5 hours of non-stop activity outdoors when it’s cold.

Take a break and do some shopping or grab a bite to eat inside.  Sit down for some people watching and warm up your chilled hands and feet.  See the long shows that you always skip like The Hall of Presidents.

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The Disney princesses wearing their winter costumes.

One of the fun things about when it falls below 65 degrees is that the Disney characters all don their warm winter costumes, especially the Disney Princesses! They’ll wear these special costumes at their meet and greets and also for the Festival of Fantasy parade at 3pm in the Magic Kingdom.

See more photos of Disney Princesses here:  Disney Princesses in Their Winter Costumes
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We went to Disney World last January and it was cold, cold, cold for 3 days in a row!

All the newly planted flowers for the upcoming 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival were covered up at Epcot.

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Tampa set a new low last night – 28 degrees!

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All the tender flowers were covered up.

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Not much to see here.

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Trying to protect all those pretty flowers for the 2019 F&G Festival starting next month!

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Covering up the newly planted flowers.

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I can’t believe how much fabric they use to cover everything up! Hopefully, they reuse it!

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January 2019

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February 2019: So pretty uncovered!  They saved the flowers!

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February:  Figment uncovered.

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Happy Holidays!  Stay warm!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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There’s lots of warm clothing for sale in the merchandise shops, but it’s very expensive!

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Trying to save the citrus crop near Orlando this week.

 

Lunch with Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom

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Cinderella Castle decorated with sparkling blue bunting for the holidays.

Cinderella Castle all decorated for the holidays with sparkling blue bunting. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor.

We’ve blogged about dining at Be Our Guest – the other expensive restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom – and now we turn our gaze to Cinderella’s Castle and dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

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Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table History:

Cinderella’s Royal Table opened its doors in October of 1971 under a very different name. Oddly, it was named King Stefan’s Banquet Hall after Sleeping Beauty’s father, although it was located within Cinderella Castle with the Sleeping Beauty Castle being in Disneyland.

This was due to the fact that Disney Imagineers wanted to give it a regal name.  Since Cinderella’s father was unnamed (as was her husband, Prince Charming’s, royal father) and there were no well-known characters that met the royal criteria, the restaurant was named after Sleeping Beauty’s father, King Stephan.

It was not until April 28, 1997, after being open almost 26 years, that it was renamed to Cinderella’s Royal Table, ending the confusion of its name.

Very pretty inside!

It’s very pretty inside!

We like this restaurant better for lunch than for an overly-long dinner.  Breakfast is the best meal that they serve here and we recommend that meal.

We also wish that the food was a little lighter in keeping with a mid-day meal and hot, hot, hot and humid Florida days.  All the entrees served are very heavy and very calorie dense.

Disney should consider a more “California”-inspired menu for lunch! More salads, more sandwiches (club), more meals < 700 calories.

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Cinderella greeting her guests at every meal.

The Great Hall is a beautiful room!

The Great Hall is a beautiful room!

Note:  Reservations are taken for Cinderella’s Royal Table 180 days out.  THEY ARE VERY HARD TO GET!  If you’re celebrating a special event or occasion, make your dining reservation as soon as you make your travel plans!

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Enjoying our meal!

Enjoying our lunch!

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Seeing Rapunzel at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Cinderella Castle.  She’s there most mornings for breakfast and lunch.

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Stained glass everywhere.

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The windows are so beautiful!

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View of Fantasyland outside the windows.

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The restaurant is always full at every meal. Get your reservations early!

Dine with Disney Princesses inside Cinderella Castle during this one-of-a-kind Fairytale Dining experience.

Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall, before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall above.

Dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses.

Tiaras and glittering gowns are optional, although young guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

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Breakfast menu.

Breakfast Menu:  RECOMMENDED

Menu Date: 11/2019

Breakfast daily from 8:00 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.

Adult Price: $72.90
Child Price (ages 3 – 9): $43.33

Prices vary by season and include tax and gratuity.

Two Table Service credits are required per person for those on the Disney Dining Plan.  Allergy-Friendly menus available upon request

Characters: Cinderella, Ariel, Princess Aurora, and Snow White

Appetizers of the Court

Pastry Plate – Assorted Breakfast Pastries

Entrées Royale (choose one)

Traditional Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Potatoes

Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast – Decadent French Toast stuffed with sweet Cream Cheese, baked with Spiced Apples drizzled with Caramel Sauce and served with Bacon

Royal Avocado Toast – Multigrain Toast, Plant-based Eggs and Cheese, Avocado, Radish, and Jalapeños

Beef Tenderloin and Egg – Potatoes and Cheese Frittata with Broccolini, Boursin® Cheese Sauce, and Chive Oil

Shrimp and Grits – Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits, Tomato Jam, Fried Egg, Buttered Shrimp, and Garlic Baguette

Baked Quiche – Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Mushroom Quiche with a dollop of Goat Cheese Cream served with Arugula and Roasted Bell Peppers

Kids’ Entrées

Egg White Frittata – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Scrambled Egg – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Fruit and Seed Oatmeal – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Waffle – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Assorted cold cereals – Served with Milk, choice of two (2) Selections, and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Kids’ Create-Your-Own Selections (choose two)

Yogurt Parfait

Home Fries

Bacon

Seasonal Fruit

Turkey Sausage

Pork Sausage 

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Caramel Apple stuffed French Toast

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You never can go wrong ordering Mickey Waffles for breakfast anywhere on property! They are delicious!

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menuLunch and Dinner Menu

Menu Date: 11/2019

Lunch is served daily from 11:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Dinner is served daily from 4:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Adult Price: $91.58
Child Price (ages 3 – 9): $54.52

Prices vary by season and include tax and gratuity.

Two Table Service credits are required per person at Cinderella’s Royal Table for those on the Disney Dining Plan. Allergy-Friendly menus available upon request

Character Appearances: Cinderella, Ariel, Princess Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, and Snow White.  Princes vary at each meal.

Appetizers of the Court (choose one)

Soup of the Day

Charcuterie Plate– assorted cured meats, cheeses, and other specialty selections of the castle for your enjoyment

Castle Salad – Hearty Mixed Greens, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Riesling-marinated Golden Raisins, Pink Lady Apples, and Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Seared Scallop – Sea Scallop, Lemon-scented English Peas, Roasted Mushrooms, and a Parmesan Mousse

Entrees Royale (Choice of One)

Seared Pork Rib Chop – Creamy Cauliflower Mousse, Ham Hock Hoppin’ John, and Yuzu Citrus Dressing

Protein Bowl – Choice of Beef, Chicken, or Plant-based Protein – Farro Wheat, Red Quinoa, Toasted Hazelnuts, and a Grain Mustard-Herb Dressing

Chickpea Panisse – Crispy Chickpeas Panisse, Tomato Jam, Roasted Carrots, Chermoula-spiced Garbanzos, and Chive Powder

Roasted All-Natural Chicken Breast – Pan-roasted Chicken and Fingerling Potatoes with Haricot Verts and Spinach in a Leek-Mustard Cream Sauce

Tenderloin of Beef – Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Celery Root Mash, Seasonal Vegetables, and Sauce Bordelaise

Chef’s Fish of the Day – On Cinderella’s request, the Royal Chef has prepared a delectable dish to showcase the Kingdom’s Freshest Fish

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The Clock Strikes Twelves – Dark Chocolate Mousse served with a Raspberry Coulis

Lemon Sorbet – Garnished with Blueberries, a No Sugar Added Dessert

Jaq & Gus  – Whipped Cheesecake with Seasonal Flavors and Garnishes

Peanut Butter Cake – Peanut Sponge Cake, Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate Cream, Candied Peanuts, and Banana Sorbet

Kids’ Appetizers

Kids’ menu items for children ages 9 and younger.

Bite-sized Cheddar Cheese and Grapes

Garden Salad – with Fat-free Ranch Dressing

Sliced Apples

Kids’ Entrées

Kids’ menu items for children ages 9 and younger.

Turkey Pot Pie – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Roasted Chicken Leg – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Seared Fish of the Day – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Chicken Nuggets – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Beef Tenderloin – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Macaroni and Cheese – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Kids’ Create-Your-Own Selections (choose two)

Seasonal Vegetables

Rice Pilaf

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Mashed Potatoes

Buttered Corn

Kids’ Desserts

Build-Your-Own-Cupcake – Vanilla Cupcake with Cinderella’s Blue Icing and decorations to garnish your Royal Dessert

Seasonal Sorbet

Yogurt Parfait

Beverages of the Court

Soft Drinks

Coffee

Hot Tea

Iced Tea

Hot Cocoa

Minute Maid Apple Juice

Minute Maid Orange Juice

Minute Maid Light Lemonade Punch

1% Milk

Chocolate Milk

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Be sure to look for these 3 windows on your next trip!  It’s where the Cinderella Suite is located in the Castle

Interested in seeing what the upper rooms look like in the Cinderella Castle?

Our friend has taken a tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite!

See more photos:  Touring the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom

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The bedroom suite sleeps 4.

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The royal bedding.  The C over the beds is for Cinderella and for Charming.

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The royal phone.

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The royal parlor sleeps 2 more, for a total of 6 overnight guests in the suite.

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Bedside table.

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The twinkling stars over the jacuzzi tub.  The mosaics match the ones downstairs in the castle walk through.

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castle balloon CinderellaWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! :) #TwoDisneyPrincesses

Elly’s Cinderella Lego Castle: Day into Night

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Cinderella Castle during the daytime.

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Cinderella Castle at night with the new spotlights on.

Epcot’s Feast of the Three Kings

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Red colors and plants everywhere! Beautiful!

Enjoy Tidings of Joyful Fare

‘Tis the season – embark on an epicurean adventure featuring culinary traditions from countries around the globe.  During the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, guests of all ages can visit themed Holiday Kitchens for flavorful food and beverages that evoke the yuletide spirit.

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Feast of the Three Kings

Travel to the Caribbean for a fa-la-la-la-fabulous fusion of food, drink and culture celebrating the story of the Magi.

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Feast of the Three Kings Holiday Kitchen

This booth, located near World Showcase Plaza, highlights the celebration of Three Kings Day, a religious holiday celebrated in Spain and Latin America as well as the Caribbean.

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Feast of the Three Kings

The full food menu for the Feast of the Three Kings:

Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives

Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce

Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco

Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

Beverages

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog

M.I.A. Beer Company Tres Reyes Mango Golden

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater

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$2.50 – $10

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The Three Kings bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for baby Jesus.

Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) is on January 6, 2020.

Honoring the Three Wise Kings Bearing Gifts

The Epiphany – or the twelfth day of Christmas – is celebrated around the Latino world in many ways with food and presents.

Fanciful Display with Holiday Flowers

The display symbolizes the visit of the Three Wise Kings who followed the shining night star to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus, arriving with gifts on the 12th Day of Christmas, the Epiphany.

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Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays

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Happy Holidays!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree at sunset.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Closing for Extensive Refurbishment in January 2020

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999 ghosts…and always room for 1 more!

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion will close and undergo extensive refurbishment in early 2020.

The last day to ride Haunted Mansion Holiday will be on January 20, 2020, with the ride closing for several months for refurbishment on January 21, 2020.

The refurbishment is expected to last into late March or April 2020, reopening before the Easter crowds arrive.

This closing period is considerably longer than one week it typically takes to transform the Haunted Mansion Holiday back into normal appearance.

Work on the attraction will include paint and trim work on the interior and exterior, lighting work on the interior, and mechanical work on the interior. No story or visual changes are expected after this downtime.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

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Long, long wait lines for this attraction…always get a FastPass!

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019 is open through January 20, 2020!

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday at night.  Lots of pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns everywhere.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

Are you ready for a tour of the eerie estate’s merry macabre makeover – and to meet some real holidays spirits – from September 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020?

Take your seat in a gloomy Doom Buggy for a spooky tour through this decorated house of happy haunts.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion at Christmas 2019

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday premiered at Disneyland in Fall 2001, merging Halloween and Christmas with “Nightmare Before Christmas,” with ride décor that would start Labor Day weekend, last through Halloween, and beyond the Holiday season into the new year at Disneyland.

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The wait line was super long…over 60 minutes when we were there last October. 😦

This movie overlay on the attraction runs from September 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020 making the attraction available for guests to experience for approximately one third of the year.

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There’s tons of “snow” and jack o’lanterns all over the ride.

Decked Out for the Horror-Days

Explore the estate at its eeriest with tons of frightfully festive touches—courtesy of Jack Skellington!

This fall, the Haunted Mansion is transformed with jack o’ lanterns and wreaths, terrifying toys and kooky characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a creep-tastic classic you won’t want to miss!

Experience all your favorite frights plus scary seasonal surprises—all thanks to Jack himself. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will also be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”

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Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House

The 2019 Gingerbread House proudly sitting on the dining room table.  

The Gingerbread House in the Dining Room

One of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring features of the holiday attraction is the handmade gingerbread house in the dining room.

The gingerbread house has been a prominent feature of the Haunted Mansion Holiday since the attraction overlay’s debut in 2001. Multiple pastry chefs work together every year to construct the gingerbread house, many of whom have been a part of the tradition since its conception in 2001. Each house takes an average of two weeks to complete and includes a combination of gingerbread, powdered sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, fondant, and glitter.

Every year, pastry chefs create a fresh Gingerbread House version with a new theme.

Fast Facts about the 2019 Gingerbread House:

It’s 10 feet tall

It took 6 Pastry Chefs 13 days to make using:

30 lbs. of gingerbread

75 lbs. of powdered sugar

120 lbs. of icing

3 gallons of egg whites

Watch video of it’s creation: Making the 2019 Gingerbread House at Disneyland

You can see it for yourself when riding your doom buggy through the grand ballroom scene. The gingerbread house is always the centerpiece of the ballroom’s long table. Be sure to take a deep breath so you can smell the delicious sweet scent of gingerbread as you pass through the room!

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Holding some Halloween balloons!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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